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Rose has been punished enough for his admitted and alleged
misdeeds off the field. It's time to honor him for achievements
on the field.


Pete Rose is banned from baseball and can't get into the Hall of
Fame because of his gambling activities and unsavory
associations (Scorecard, Sept. 22). But a player suspended for
drug transgressions can keep coming back to the game and can be
eligible for the Hall. Does anyone else find something wrong
with that?
SCOTT COOPER, Wooster, Ohio

Charlie Hustle gave more joy to fans than virtually any other
player of his day, and that's what we shall all remember long
after sportswriters and Napoleonic commissioners are forgotten.
I, for one, will not visit the Hall of Fame until Pete Rose's
plaque is on display.
REEVE E. CHUDD Pacific Palisades, Calif.

To suggest that Rose deserves a plaque in the Hall of Fame is
appalling. Baseball would be stronger had it never known Pete
DAN KRAYESKY, Seaside Park, N.J.

The exclusion of Rose from the Hall of Fame is one of the few
examples in pro sports that a parent can use to show that there
is a price for breaking the rules. I tip my hat to the Hall for
refusing to change the rule that excludes Pete Rose.
JOE COLLINS, Longmeadow, Mass.


I would like to nominate two more candidates to the endangered
list (Endangered Species, Sept. 29): complete games and 20-game
losers. No one has lost 20 games in a season since Brian Kingman
was 8-20 in 1980 with the Oakland A's. That season Kingman also
contributed 10 of the A's 94 complete games, the most since the
Detroit Tigers' 94 in 1946. This year the Montreal Expos led the
big leagues with 27 complete games.
ROBERT SCOTT, Beverly Hills, Calif.

Let me add championship fights broadcast on the radio. When I
was a kid, I listened to the Floyd Patterson-Ingemar Johansson
and Patterson-Sonny Liston fights on a transistor radio under my
covers when I was supposed to be asleep. A good radio fight
announcer, like Don Dunphy, could make a bout come alive in a
way that was impossible in any other medium.
JONATHAN MENN, Appleton, Wis.

You left out the thick-barred face mask in football, the kind
that players such as Dan Marino and Jerry Rice used to wear.
Nowadays that type of mask has given way to the one with thinner
bars worn by most collegiate and pro players, except for a few
such as Greg Lloyd of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
AMIR M. MCKINNON, Lansing, Mich.

You neglected to include the baseball helmet without an earflap.
One player who still wears this type of helmet is Gary Gaetti of
the St. Louis Cardinals.
SEAN O'CONNOR, West Lafayette, Ind.

You could have included the quick kick. It amazes me every time
I see a team run for about two yards on third down from its
three-yard line when it needs 13 yards for a first down. Then
the team punts from the back of the end zone. The punt, if not
blocked, is typically fielded at about the 35-yard line and
returned inside the 30. The quick kick is an excellent weapon in
such situations.
ROBIN WELCH, McAllen, Texas

Double-legged goalposts in football.

Long-sleeved football jerseys.

Football coaches wearing fedoras.
JOHN CRESSY, Ventura, Calif.

B/W PHOTO: HY PESKIN Double-legged goalposts, flapless baseball helmets, thick-barred face masks and long-sleeved jerseys are disappearing from sports. [Football players in front of double-legged goalpost]

COLOR PHOTO: CHUCK SOLOMON [See caption above--Gary Gaetti wearing flapless batting helmet]

COLOR PHOTO: BOB ROSATO [See caption above--Greg Lloyd wearing thick-barred facemask]

COLOR PHOTO: NEIL LEIFER [See caption above--football player wearing long-sleeved jersey]